ALISON MURRAY (MACINTOSH)
PhD University of Cambridge
My research bridges the disciplines of biological anthropology, kinesiology, and engineering in order to better understand (i) the evolutionary mechanisms driving trends in human phenotypic and musculoskeletal diversity, and (ii) the functional and energetic implications of this variation. To do so, my work combines the study of human skeletal variation in the archaeological record, the experimental study of living humans, and musculoskeletal computer modeling.
PhD University of Toronto
I am a biological anthropologist whose research centers on morphological variation in recent humans and the evolutionary, cultural, and developmental mechanisms that have produced it, as a means of understanding the processes of hominin evolution and adaptability in general. My main approach to this research is through analysis of functional anatomy and skeletal biology in humans, using both traditional osteological methods and 3D modeling of the skeleton.
Senior Lab Instructor/Adjunct Assistant Professor
PhD University of Victoria
I am a biological anthropologist and I study age variation in the human skeleton. My research looks at factors that affect the rate of bone remodeling in adults, such as osteoarthritis at varied skeletal joint locations, which I study in both living humans and archaeological populations through 3D imaging and traditional osteological approaches. This research improves our ability to estimate age-at-death from bone's physical appearance and investigates the process of skeletal aging in both the past and present.
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Adjunct Assistant Professor
PhD University of Cambridge
I am a biological anthropologist and I study the human skeleton and human growth. My research focuses on the human pelvis - how its growth interacts with the development of muscle and fat tissue throughout puberty and into adulthood, and how this may impact childbirth in living humans. I work with medical imaging, clinical health data and traditional osteometric methods.
Thesis title: ‘Human skeletal variation: Adaptive responses during growth of the bony pelvis’
Thesis title: ‘Climbing as a selective pressure shaping the human gluteus maximus: An investigation using musculoskeletal modeling’
Thesis title: TBD
Project: 'Experimental approaches to understanding the evolution of human phenotypic diversity'
Funded by an NSERC Discovery Grant and supervised by Dr. Alison Murray
Project title: 'Soft-tissue decomposition in coastal clay environments'
Project title: 'The influence of developmental parameters on body size and composition: An analysis of sex differences in life history trajectories'
Project title: 'Shape change in the metaphyseal region of the proximal femur during growth: Plasticity or constraint?'
Project title: 'Primates and humans in shared landscapes: A biocultural approach to primate conservation'
Project title: 'High-velocity sharp force trauma: An experimental study using modern archery equipment'
Directed Studies Student
University of Victoria Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Alberta Department of Anthropology
Loughborough University School of Sport, Exercise and Health Science
UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Western University Department of Anthropology
Seattle Pacific University Department of Biology
University College London Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health
University of British Columbia Department of Anthropology